Kombucha

Kombucha is a delicious fermented sweet tea. It is made using a scoby (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast), which can either be bought or passed on from a friend. The scoby looks unusual, but it produces the most delicious drink that is lightly effervescent and tastes of apples. You will need a small amount of kombucha to start a batch, so this is a great recipe to do with your friends and share among one another. Scobies can be peeled in half, or cut into quarters and pieces passed on to make another batch.
By | November 24, 2015

Ingredients

  • 2 heaped tablespoons black loose-leaf tea (I use English Breakfast)
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 scoby or scoby piece (available online)
  • 1 cup Kombucha (available online, or from a friend)
  • you will need a 3-quart glass Le-Parfait-style jar with a rubber seal, sterilized

Instructions

Put the tea, sugar, and boiling water in a pitcher and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Set aside to infuse and cool to room temperature.

Strain the tea into a 3-quart glass jar and add the remaining ingredients. Stir well with a wooden spoon and then fasten the lid. 

Set aside to ferment on the kitchen countertop for 5 days, after which time the kombucha will smell appley and lightly vinegary, and look clearer and more orange in color.

I prefer to drink the kombucha at the younger stage, after 5 days, however you can leave it to ferment for up to 2 weeks if you wish. You will find that the flavor will become progressively more vinegary and effervescent the longer the kombucha ferments. I recommend starting by drinking 1/2 cup (no more) of kombucha. Reserve 1 cup of the kombucha to make a second batch.

Excerpted from Fermented: A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Own Sourdough, Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kefir, Kimchi and More by Charlotte Pike. Photography by Tara Fisher. Kyle Books, 2015.

Ingredients

  • 2 heaped tablespoons black loose-leaf tea (I use English Breakfast)
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 scoby or scoby piece (available online)
  • 1 cup Kombucha (available online, or from a friend)
  • you will need a 3-quart glass Le-Parfait-style jar with a rubber seal, sterilized
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